Expat workers protest in Kuwait over late wages

Almost 700 workers call for officials to intervene after wages three months overdue.
Expat workers protest in Kuwait over late wages
By Elsa Baxter
Mon 05 Oct 2009 08:21 AM

Expatriate labourers held a protest in downtown Kuwait on Sunday to demand payment of their salaries they say are three months overdue.

According to a report in the Kuwait Times, almost 700 workers gathered outside the Labour Ministry complex to call for an intervention by the authorities.

The workers said they have not been paid since June, nor received any payments for overtime worked in almost a year, and are now struggling to cope under huge debts.

Many protestors told the paper they were working with out-of-date visas after their employers failed to renew them.

The three major construction companies, which were not named by the paper, are also accused of withholding passports, not allowing them to resign, or travel home to visit their families.

Following the protest, a senior ministry official told the paper: "We have summoned the owners of the three firms and made them sign pledges to pay the overdue salaries of workers.”

However, many of the labourers are employed by sub-contractors working for the main construction companies, according to the report.

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